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Implementation of a web-based data collection and aggregation infrastructure that utilizes secure multi-party computation techniques to allow individual contributors to submit their data without revealing it to the other participants.


  • Node.js
  • MongoDB
  • Docker
  • JIFF (Bundled as a Git submodule)

Local Machine Instructions

These instructions are for demonstration and development purposes only. For a full, secure deployment, follow one of the two full instructions below.

  • Install and start MongoDB
  • Clone WEB-MPC
git clone
cd web-mpc/
  • Build Docker Image and Compose Container
docker-compose up -d --build #build and compose
  • Navigate to the website at https://localhost:8080

EC2 Instructions

These instructions were written for an AWS EC2 instance running Amazon Linux. The instance's security group should allow SSH on port 22 and TCP on port 8080.

You will need to have a registered domain and will need to use Nginx with Let's Encrypt as a reverse proxy for port 8080.

  • SSH onto the EC2 instance
  • First, install the Node.js version manager and activate it
curl -o- | bash
. ~/.nvm/
  • Next, install the latest version of Node.js. This also installs the Node package manager (npm).
nvm install node
  • Install MongoDB:
echo "[mongodb-org-4.2]
name=MongoDB Repository
baseurl=	x86_64/
gpgkey=" | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb.repo
sudo yum -y update
sudo yum install -y gcc-c++ mongodb-org-server mongodb-org-shell mongodb-org-tools
  • Clone the WEB-MPC repository
sudo yum install git -y
git clone
cd web-mpc/
  • Set up the JIFF submodule:
git submodule init
git submodule update
  • Install WEB-MPC dependencies
npm install
  • Install JIFF dependencies
cd jiff/
npm install
cd ../

Note that installing WEB-MPC dependencies will break JIFF's dependencies. Hence, JIFF dependencies must be installed at least once after each install of WEB-MPC dependencies.

  • Install the forever global dependency to ensure the server runs continuously
npm install -g forever
  • Install authbind:
sudo rpm -Uvh
  • Next, set up the database file and start the MongoDB server:
sudo mkdir -p /data/db
sudo mongod &
  • Select the WEB-MPC deployment. See the Deployments section
  • Start the WEB-MPC server
cd server/
authbind --deep forever -o log.txt -e error.txt start index.js
  • Navigate to the domain or to the EC2 instance's public IP address to view the page


WEB-MPC supports multiple deployments. A deployment refers to one particular data collection campaign. Each deployment may have different data formats, domain names, and HTTPS certificate settings.

The server/config/ directory contains configuration files for each deployment specifying their respective HTTPS parameters and data templates.

Data templates are .json files that define the structure of the input data. The templates are also used to render the HTML UI. Paths to the each data template is defined in its respective server/config configuration file and are typically located in client/app/data/.

Specifying a Deployment

The deployment is set to Pacesetters by default. To change it, set a deployment environment variable.

export WEBMPC_DEPLOYMENT=<deployment_name>

If the deployment template file at server/config/<deployment_name>.json does not exist or is invalid, the server will fail to start.


The instructions below demonstrate how to operate the WEB-MPC application. All steps below are performed on the WEB-MPC web application in the browser.

Generate session key

  • Navigate to localhost:8080/create
  • Click on Generate Session and save the two given files, one contains the session key and password which are needed for managing the session. The other contains a secret key needed to unmask the results.

Manage session

  • Navigate to localhost:8080/manage
  • Input your session key and password
  • Generate participation links
  • Start the session

Fill out data

  • All participants will open a unique participation link, and proceed to fill out the information. Once completed, click Submit.

Retrieve the result

  • Stop the session in localhost:8080/manage
  • Click the unmask link
  • Paste the session key and password in its designated fields
  • Click Browse and upload the private key file that was downloaded when generating the session key
  • Click Unmask Data and view the result


WEB-MPC has end-to-end tests verifying each deployment. To run the full test suite on Linux or Mac OS, run the following command:

npm run test

The test automatically spawns the appropriate server and runs the end-to-end tests for each deployment, shutting down the previous server in between tests.

Node.js is not able to kill the previous server on Windows. Hence, each test suite must be run separately.

To run a specific test suite, run the specific suite with mocha:

mocha test/selenium/<deployment_name>.js

or run the test with a filter:

npm run test -- --grep <test_suite_name>

For example, to run the BWWC tests, run one of the following:

mocha test/selenium/bwwc.js
npm run test -- --grep BWWC


WEB-MPC is freely distributable under the terms of the MIT license. This release supports Handsontable's "Nested headers", a Pro feature. A valid license must be obtained when using this feature.